Published: Thu, March 23, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

London terror attacker named as Khalid Masood

London terror attacker named as Khalid Masood

The Westminster attacker has been named as 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who had a range of previous convictions.

"We obviously condemn today's attack in Westminster which the United Kingdom is treating as an act of terrorism, and we applaud the quick response that the British police and their first responders made to the situation", spokesman Sean Spicer said.

Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed more details about the London attack suspect who killed three and injured 40 others on Wednesday.

Armed police carried out the raid in the central city of Birmingham, about 130 miles north of London; however, police said they believed the terror attacker acted alone during his assault on the Westminster Bridge near Parliament.

Acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley, head of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, said: "He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift and he had every right to expect that would happen". Authorities are also looking at the suspect's possible associates.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack which it claimed was carried out by one of its soldiers, Reuters and AP said the group's Aaamaq news agency reported.

A policeman points a gun at a man on the ground as emergency services attend the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, March 22, 2017. Masood was also known by a number of different aliases.

Witnesses also said a auto mowed down a dozen pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the gates outside Parliament.

The sitting in the House of Commons has been suspended while police officers sealed off the area around the incident closing Westminster station.

The attacker later died from his injuries. He was a a husband and father, and had served in the Met for 15 years.

In a still image taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on March 23, 2017 shows British Prime Minister Theresa May speaking in parliament.

Police say the attack began shortly after 2.30pm, when a dark grey Hyundai SUV mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring dozens more.

"Hit and run is only person", one witness said.

Belgian police said the vehicle, with French license plates, sped onto the street and people were forced to jump out of the way.

Bradford and Joanne Buck, a US couple visiting London from CT, said they witnessed the crashing into the fence surrounding the Houses of Parliament. Officers "think they know his identity and are investigating possible associates".

"Just couldn't believe it was happening", Joanne Buck said in an interview this morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America".

"At this stage, we have no specific information about further threats to the public", he said.

May said it was believed he acted alone and the police have no reason to believe there are imminent further attacks on the public.

"Then I walked in as police officers and security start rushing out of the front doors on to the street".

In Washington, the White House said President Donald Trump spoke with Prime Minister May and was briefed on the situation in London. "We're not going to let it stop us and hope to finish our sightseeing while we are here in London".

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